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flash
05-11-2009, 09:43 PM
Right now and for most of the season Dayton has been a disaster area. Did the Reds pick a dud for the new manager? Sarasota hasn't been that much better. Billings put a team in the playoffs last year and the GCL wasn't all that bad even though they wound up in last place.

dougdirt
05-11-2009, 09:56 PM
Right now and for most of the season Dayton has been a disaster area. Did the Reds pick a dud for the new manager? Sarasota hasn't been that much better. Billings put a team in the playoffs last year and the GCL wasn't all that bad even though they wound up in last place.

Injuries and a trade depleted that potential roster.

Kyle Lotzkar and Clayton Shunick likely would be in the rotation with Fairel, Ravin and Sulbaran if not for injuries. That rotation would be outstanding.

The trade of Brandon Waring and Justin Turner likely took Alex Buchholz off of the Dayton roster as well. Thats a huge swing in talent with those guys not being in Dayton right now.

redsof72
05-12-2009, 03:55 PM
I would put zero percent of the blame on Benzinger. He is only able to play the cards he was dealt. Combination of several things including what Doug mentioned. Bad roster construction at Sarasota and Dayton. No older "organizational" players that any decent minor league club has to have. For Dayton, no one drafted in the first seven rounds of the 2008 draft. No one on the club drafted in the first four rounds of any draft. No middle or late round picks that look like gems other than Coddington. Equal blame has to go to the scouting department and decision-making process on assigning players to rosters. No free agent pickups in the off-season to fill holes. No minor league Rule V pickups to fill holes. Complete lack of foresight when it comes to preventing a train wreck. For a small market organization that has to make its living with player development/scouting because of an inability to sign major league free agents, very bad.

Too many examples of putting players at levels where they can't play just because they don't have anyone to play there instead of going out and signing a player who can play at that level to fill the hole.

medford
05-12-2009, 04:35 PM
On the flip side, Dayton has the potential to have one of their more exciting rosters next year if the Duran & Yorman start out next season in Dayton for their first full season in the stats, as well as the IFA SS they signed last year. Throw in some top draft picks and perhaps Lutzkar/Sulbran depending on development-injury recovery.

I think this season was just one of those seasons that everything came together poorly for the Dragons. They Red's set of young talent is as strong as its been in a long time. Its too bad for Dayton this year, but I think they'll catch up in spades next year depending on this season's draft.